The students at Yudong on average rank in the 30th percentile of the national Basic Competence Test for junior-high schools, but their scores in carpentry are very strong.
The school said that this year, it expects four of its graduates be admitted to National Taitung Junior College in Taitung.
Wang said he has other ambitious projects in the works.
For example, last month, he brought his students to Taipei to stage their first wood furniture exhibition.
Wang also purchased more than 2,000 ping (6,612m2) in land in Hualien where he plans to build a “Factory of Hope,” to give students a place to hone their carpentry skills by making wood products and a chance to earn a salary that can improve their quality of life, he said.
“When we change students’ thinking, we can change their lives. If we can change a child for the better, we may change his family as well,” he said.
“The Basic Competency Test scores do not represent students’ intelligence or ability. I want to teach the kids to use their hands to produce quality work. This way, they can shape their future and create a happy life,” Wang said.